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February 19, 2018
A new report by the Grattan Institute recently aired in the media showing one in every nine patients who go to hospital in Australia end up suffering a complication.
Law & Liberties - Mark O'Connor - 2 comments
 
Australian voting patterns suggest that although the overall dominance of the main parties remains, voters increasingly vote against a party as opposed to for the opposition.
Economics - Peter McMahon - 4 comments
 
If there's one big reason for the U.S. energy revolution, it's that new technology has allowed American companies to beat the competition.
Economics - James Stafford - 11 comments
 




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Friday, February 16, 2018

Company tax will put money in the pockets of big business and foreigners while ordinary Australians feel economic pain
Domestic Politics - Matt Thistlethwaite - 24 comments
 
UK Green Party spokesperson Carline Lucas called it an 'absolute scandal' that Britain was not willing to enforce LGBT ideals on another nation.
International - Russell Grenning - 25 comments
 
The stars and the moon are natural tenants of a darkened world, but man- made lights often stand out because of their very reason for existence.
Environment - Ian Nance - 2 comments
 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

No one would have expected that President Donald Trump with his chequered marital history and colourful past would have turned out to be a champion of pro-life values.
International - Babette Francis - 14 comments
 
We should celebrate those areas where we have seen some gains, but learn from the failures and come up with new strategies.
Indigenous Affairs - Anthony Dillon - 15 comments
 
His own awkward positioning as defender of the law and doyen of propriety doesn't survive closer scrutiny.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

While led, for now at least, by a ‘Big Australia’ enthusiast, a recent survey suggests that the Liberals might soon have little choice but to abandon their support for mass immigration.
Society - Rex Drabik - 9 comments
 
Future prospects for the US economy and US dollar following Trump corporate tax cuts
Economics - Michael Knox - 1 comment
 
Of paramount importance is the political support of the evangelicals, who are staunch supporters of Israel as they believe it to be the conduit for the return of the Messiah.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Their new code now eye wateringly says '...cultural safety provides a decolonising model of practice based on dialogue, communication power-sharing and negotiation, and the acknowledgement of white privilege'.
Health - Graeme Haycroft - 21 comments
 
There is a lot of attention to 'best practices' in business studies educational courses. Perhaps we need more attention to stupidity.
Education - Keith Suter - 8 comments
 
History of China's recent economic and societal turmoil, with a look forward to the benefits of Xi's anti-corruption campaign
International - Zegang Ren - 3 comments
 

Monday, February 12, 2018

The reef is supposedly almost dead from the combined effects of a warming climate, nutrient pollution from Australian farms, and smothering sediment from offshore dredging.
Science & Technology - Peter Ridd - 49 comments
 
'To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.'
International - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments
 
When people ask me, what work I have done and I explain that I worked as a neuroscientist and as a Uniting Church minister, the response is always one of mystification.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 13 comments
 

Friday, February 9, 2018

In tackling Australia’s energy crisis, politicians and policy makers need to find the courage and conviction to confront key energy realities and develop real policy.
Economics - Tristan Prasser - 42 comments
 
You can be forgiven for missing World Hijab Day – I did – but it happened on 1 February.
Society - Russell Grenning - 7 comments
 
The steady decline of the U.S. dollar has helped drive up crude prices for weeks, but that came to an abrupt halt last week.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

One last question. If we shift from petrol mainly to coal to fuel our EVs now, do we increase greenhouse gas emissions or not?
Environment - Geoff Carmody - 17 comments
 
Menzies knew the importance of the centrality of faith for civil society to flourish.
Political Philosophy - Lyle Shelton - 15 comments
 
A tribute to the man with the Midas' touch for plots, court-room drama, and other stories, on his birthday.
The Arts - Rajgopal Nidamboor - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Thankfully the days of prosecuting people for 'attempted suicide' are over; it seldom does much good to criminalise somebody whose only intention is to harm themselves.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 10 comments
 
Marxist thought is apparently enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity on Britain's university campuses, as an emerging generation realises that it may face worse economic prospects then its parents.
Political Philosophy - Mal Fletcher - 12 comments
 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

There were flags of the now defunct Soviet Union on display, with far left groups championing a return to the heady days of Communism.
Society - Sean Litchfield - 17 comments
 
The strain on gathering lines, pipelines, processing facilities, plus a shortage of fracking crews, labor and/or equipment will become a point of focus.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 3 comments
 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Almost 20 years after the failed 'republic' referendum of 1999, several related issues grate on the raw nerves of Australia's backward democracy.
Political Philosophy - Tim Anderson - 7 comments
 
On the one hand their policies express support for renewable energy and the need to combat climate change, yet on the other their leadership calls for expansion of coal production.
Environment - Mike Pope - 11 comments
 
It is no secret that Erdogan is an ambitious man who aspires to become the leader of the Sunni Muslim world and dreams of restoring the 'glory' of the Ottoman Empire.
International - Daniel Ben-Ami - 2 comments
 

Friday, February 2, 2018

The 'Replication Crisis', well-reported in peer reviewed articles, shows that when scientific papers are checked around 50% of recently published science is wrong.
Environment - Peter Ridd - 23 comments
 
On January 23, the Russian Government banned the movie, 'The Death of Stalin', a British-French political satire about the late dictator Joseph Stalin.
International - Russell Grenning - 8 comments
 
Riyadh-based Al Rajhi Capital dug into the financials of a long list of U.S. shale companies, and found that 'despite rising prices most firms under our study are still in losses with no signs of improvement'.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I don't want to live if a time arises when I have no quality of life. At this point, I want out immediately.
Law & Liberties - Everald Compton - 14 comments
 
Other figures cited talk of 49% of Australian employees being stressed, costing around $10B annually.
Health - Glen Davis - 5 comments
 
The Mining Business Outlook Report 2017-18 features interviews with 50 mining leaders this year reveals strong signs of revival for Australia's mining sector.
Nation Building - David Hand - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Reading 'No End of a Lesson' brought back so many memories of life after the ARC, and indeed during its formation.
Education - Don Aitkin - 6 comments
 
There are voices being heard - including from the IMF itself - that the next recession is not far away.
Economics - Irina Slav - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Stated energy policy is to deliver affordable, reliable power, with lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Policy isn't delivery.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 18 comments
 
On immigration, Trump's racist attitude toward Muslims and people of color has severely undermined America's unique image as a country of immigrants.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 11 comments
 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Turnbull still spins the well-worn fallacy that cutting taxes for the big end of town will create more jobs.
Economics - Peter Henning - 10 comments
 
Divorce and remarriage became easier, contraception more available, abortion laws liberalised, homosexual acts were no longer illegal and governments gave up censoring content in the media.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 46 comments
 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Others are naming TV journalist Cathy Newman's grilling of Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson as a pivotal moment exposing modern feminism's clay feet.
Society - Bettina Arndt - 27 comments
 
Will humankind end by apathy and inertia? The warning signs of major problems are there - but many people are simply ignoring them.
Society - Keith Suter - 12 comments
 
Tesla products would run even better if Tesla hype could be converted into electricity.
Environment - Russell Grenning - 23 comments
 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

There is a massive difference between a curette for a miscarriage and an abortion, as any woman who has miscarried a wanted baby knows.
Law & Liberties - Wendy Francis - 20 comments
 
Last December, the 206-page 'Final Report of the Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia' was released.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 13 comments
 
How many of these countries will now break off diplomatic relations with America following its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will serve as a useful indicator of the support the PLO.
International - David Singer - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Industrial relations laws have the power to determine whether this century will be one of prosperity or stagnation for Australia.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 8 comments
 
I argued that Islamists, who had no compunction about driving half a dozen suicide-bomb-laden trucks into heavy cement fortifications to breach an enemy position, were playing an important part in turning the tide of the war.
International - Gary Gambill - 5 comments
 
There is more reason to ban alcohol ads than to ban tobacco ads. Alcohol does far more damage than any other drug.
Health - William Spaul - 8 comments
 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Whether Australia's colonisation by the British Empire should be classified as an invasion or settlement is not a question of mere semantics.
Law & Liberties - Sherry Sufi - 31 comments
 
The pressure of sanctions, long shown to be ineffective in having any actual impact on Pyongyang's weapons program, would continue, albeit in a more targeted way.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 
On Australia Day what Australians want most is a holiday. They care less about the actual date.
Society - Bob Ryan - 13 comments
 

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